Lens-Artists Challenge #10 – Fences

“Fences are made for those who cannot fly.”

Elbert Hubbard



Ann-Christine has challenged us this week to focus on fences. It’s funny how often we photographers are drawn to them. Something about the symmetry seems to call to us. This evening as my husband and I ventured out to observe an unusually high tide, I was drawn to a brightly sunlit cloud hovering over Kiawah’s marsh. I remembered Ann-Christine’s challenge and included the fenced path crossing the waters that border the entrance to our island. It was a beautiful evening for photography – or for just about anything else, including boating, paddle boarding and kayaking – all of which were in process as we walked past. But I’ll save those images for another day 😊

white fence in the rain


“Love your neighbor as yourself but don’t take down your fence.”

Carl Sandburg

In the image above I’ve captured a bold white fence in the rain on a dreary day at the beach. The sun returned before long but I enjoyed the opportunity to create something a bit different with this one in the meanwhile. The dreary day capture was made during a visit this summer to a more northern beach for some family fun – we don’t get many of these here under the “Kiawah bubble” (She says as Hurricane Florence  lurks nearby!)



 “Fear is the highest fence.”

Dudley Nichols

Later that same day once the rain cleared and the the sun returned I was fortunate to capture the quiet AFTER the storm but BEFORE the arrival of the many visitors one would typically find there. I wondered why the lifeguard stand was fenced in – perhaps to keep the lifeguards separated from the bikini-clad teens who might otherwise distract them from their duties???



“Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.”

Norman Vincent Peale

Back home, I was drawn to this brave little squirrel on my own fence who had absolutely no fear of my lens. I captured quite a few images of his antics but for some reason his awkward pose in this shot is the one that gave me the biggest smile. To me he looks as if he’s about to charge past the starting line in a road race!😊



“Most folks are like a barb-wire fence. They have their good points.”

Texas Bix Bender

Also in our neighborhood, a beautiful pastoral fence bordering a walking path and some glorious live oaks. This is a path that connects our island with our next door neighbor, Seabrook Island.  The path borders a beautiful field typically filled with several horses stabled there. Oftentimes there are bicyclists or walkers enjoying the warm breezes as they head to and fro.



“If the grass on the other side is greener, try watering your side.”

Ernie J. Zelinski

Finally, a beautiful little fence bordered with wildflowers that I captured during a visit to my brother’s home in Colorado. It amazes me as I travel how very different each place may be, yet there is beauty to be found everywhere. Photography helps me to seek and recognize the beauty in our world – and what a wonderful gift that is.

Thanks to Ann-Christine for this week’s challenge, and to all of our participants for their responses. For more information on how to join the challenges, click here. Most importantly, remember to TAG your post ” Lens-Artists ” to appear in our reader section.

109 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #10 – Fences

  1. and
    “Fences are made for those who cannot fly.”
    was sweet
    and then the barbed wire quote had a spiky twist to it!
    I still chuckle with the squirrel one (On your mark….)
    and while the rainy window photo had a nice mood, my favorite fence of them all is the one around the lifeguard perch.
    Your photo depicted those delicate, but sturdy and get-the-job-done, beach fences.
    and with that said – I hope everyone in NC and y’all in SC are safe and sound

  2. I am so glad you mentioned the lifeguard station being closed in because I kept staring and wondering – and then the two flags caught my attention – anbd laughed at the keeping them from the teens – but I do wonder – it almost seems like a sitting area or perch for someone important – to sit there and wave – ha – I did not see any stairs or lifeguard tools – very curious picture

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